Puget Sound Partnership to set recovery targets; you're invited to comment


Partnership to set recovery targets; you’re invited to comment

The Puget Sound Partnership is creating targets for the recovery of Puget
Sound. We invite you to join us in this work.

The ecosystem recovery targets for 2020 will be based in science, and will
describe the desired future conditions of human health and well-being,
species and food webs, habitats, water quantity, and water quality. Overall,
the targets describe what Puget Sound would look like in 2020, reflecting
what is achievable in this timeframe, and align with our mission to recover
the ecosystem by 2020.

The Partnership intends that agencies will use these targets to identify and
design activities to reach these targets, to allocate their funding and
other resources to these outcomes, and to evaluate the effects of their
investments and actions.

Targets will be set for the following general topics: [2]More details
* Land use and land cover (develop and conserve)
* Pollution (wastewater, storm water, toxics in fish and sediment)
* Water availability and quality
* Fish and wildlife abundance (Chinook salmon, Orcas, Pacific herring,
birds, recreational fishing)
* Support (funding, public engagement)
Public Comment Opportunities
The Partnership's Leadership Council will adopt ecosystem recovery targets
at its meeting _June 16-17_. Public comments will be heard during the
meeting, before the Council’s discussion of each topic. Between now and
_June 10_, we are taking comments on these targets online through this
[3]questionnaire. In addition, if you want to engage with others on the
targets and options, you can join the online discussion on [4]MyPugetSound.
We encourage your participation. The more these targets are developed
regionally, the more meaningful they will be.
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_Action Agenda Update Underway_
Setting targets is a critical part of our update to the Action Agenda. The
Action Agenda is a living document, designed to be adapted. By statute, the
near-term strategies and actions described in the Action Agenda must be
updated every two years. These targets will help us refine and prioritize
strategies and actions in the Action Agenda.

The Action Agenda – first developed in 2008 – explains what a healthy Puget
Sound is, describes the current state of Puget Sound, prioritizes cleanup
and improvement efforts, and highlights opportunities for federal, state,
local, tribal, and private resources to coordinate. We currently are working
on its first significant revision, and urge your involvement.

In our 2011 update to the Action Agenda and Biennial Science Work Plan, the
Partnership has a number of objectives:
* Add recovery targets for many of the [5]ecosystem indicators.
* Provide updated strategies and two-year actions to help guide the
2013-2015 state budget.
* Reflect updated scientific and technical information, including data
from the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project and
information from the “Puget Sound Science Update.”
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_Public Comment Opportunities_
We hope that you take the opportunity to lend your expertise to this effort,
and participate in the update process. Below are some specific
opportunities; we will post others regularly on the [6]Action Agenda Update
Web site.
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In June and July, the partnership will work closely with implementers and
other stakeholders to refine draft strategies and actions, with documents
available for public review on August 8.

We have established an online tool to provide an easy way for you to engage
in the development of the next Action Agenda. What do you think are the most
important actions to protect and restore Puget Sound? Suggest them [7]here
between now and June 20.
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The Leadership Council will hear public comment at its August 25-26
meeting. In the fall, we will work with the Ecosystem Coordination Board,
Science Panel and Leadership Council, as well as with stakeholders to refine
the draft documents with the goal of getting Leadership Council approval in

Revised study of Puget Sound toxic pollution released
The Washington State Department of Ecology recently released a study
confirming that surface runoff, including storm water, contributes the
highest levels of most toxic chemicals to Puget Sound. The study is part of
a multi-phase effort by Ecology to detail what toxic chemicals reach Puget
Sound's waters, how the chemicals get there, and where they come from. The
study analyzed water samples collected from 16 streams in the Puyallup and
Snohomish river watersheds. The highest levels of toxic chemicals were found
during storms and in the most developed watersheds. [8]Read more. The new
study will aid the Puget Sound Partnership as it refines its strategies in
the update of the Action Agenda.
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Gerry O’Keefe
Executive Director

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